Mother of High Speed Chase Suspect Claims Son is Mentally Ill

By: Bergen Baucom Email
By: Bergen Baucom Email

Marianna- Around 3:00am Thursday morning, Cedric Dallas allegedly took Jackson County Sheriff's deputies on a wild and dangerous chase along Highway 90 and State Road 71.

"He was reaching speeds of 115 miles an hour," Jackson County Major, Donnie Branch said. "He was driving in the oncoming lane. He was driving in the south bound lane instead of driving in the north bound lane at times. We conducted a pit maneuver where you tap them on the back of the car and it makes the car spin- spin out of control. That stopped him, but when the deputies exited their vehicle, he tried to pull forward and run over one of the deputies."

Dallas was charged with fleeing and attempting to allude, aggravated assault on a police officer, and reckless driving. Judge Wade Mercer held Dallas without bond until Wednesday, when his case was reset for first appearance.

After court, his mother, Linda Long told us her son was diagnosed with mental illness back in 2011.

"He needs some medical attention, instead of being treated like a criminal."

She claimed the incident was the result of an adverse side effect to a new psychiatric drug Dallas was injected with to help regulate his behavior.

"He started a new medication [last] Friday, an extended release medication that was supposed to stay in his system for 30 days. When I asked the nurse about side effects, she told me there weren't any side effects. I called her back a few days later and told her about his behavior. His behavior was one of non violence, but apparently something snapped," Long told us.

"If you've got someone in your family that's having some problems- some mental problems, whatever- contact law enforcement, contact some counselors, let someone know he's having problems. To my knowledge we've never encountered this subject before," Branch said.

Dallas was scheduled to undergo a mental evaluation prior to his reset first appearance date Wednesday.

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